A Simple Trick: One Divides/One Chooses

Chocolate covered caramel bar

A regular lifesaver in our family is the common Solomonic solution to having only one piece of gum (or any other treat) and two (or more) children. This one is called “One Divides and One Chooses.”
One child, knowing that the other will ultimately get to choose his or her piece, divides the stick of gum, candy bar or can of soda as carefully and equally as possible. They both know that when the other child chooses a piece, the person dividing is going to get what’s left.
It works like a charm. The fun part is watching the “chooser” select the smaller piece to reward the attempt at fairness by the divider.

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